Apparently, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment is shutting down monetized YouTube videos of their latest game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Do other publishers do this like Rockstar? I don't think they worry, it's free publicity for them
Rockstar? No. They're way too busy hiding any news regarding online heists.
Which ends up stirring more news in the process.
WB games is one of the worst publishers around, just look at Arkham Origins, I am surprised they always get a free pass.
Aside from Origins, WB is actually becoming one of the best publishers in the industry.
Agreed. I support film studios embracing our industry! As opposed to Directors who resist and insist our industry by nature can not reach the level of story telling in film. http://www.theverge.com/201...
Monolith and rocksteady under their belt elevates them pretty high up
@BattleTorn That really bothers me. I'm not ignorant enough to try and argue that games or film is inherently better at story telling. It comes down to personal tastes and opinions. But to argue that they cannot reach the level of film or that character is impossible to connect with. After 25 hours of playing RDR you can bet your ass I felt connected to the character. After playing Beyond 2 souls you definitely feel for the characters. Playing TLOU and not being engrossed in the story is something I have not come across yet. These are just a few examples out of dozens. No offense to guys like Lucas and Spielberg, but I can't wait until their older generations die out and we have people that grew up with and can embrace video games as art.
http://www.ign.com/articles... That's what they want you to think.
No doubt. Look at what they have released, most of the games (aside from Origins) have been quite good (Scribblenauts, Injustice) to Excellent (Mortal Kombat, Arkham City, Asylum, and now Shadow of Mordor)
Ignoring Asylum, Arkham City, and most recently Shadow of Mordor. This may not be a decision we all agree with, but these are amazing games. Origins' story was fantastic. They clearly did not give them enough time on that one.
I am talking about forcing the developers to focus on DLC, rather than fix the broken game they rushed. People are defending them really even with all the season pass crap and pre release DLC they have for their published games. Imho their practices are no different from the others. Just cause the games they publish are good doesn't excuse their practices.
As far as I know Origins was developed by a B-Team while the A-Team was working on Arkham Knight. Yes it was bad but I wouldn't judge WB's portfolio only on this one game.
People disagree and that's fine but how will they feel when WB becomes the next EA? It only takes a small step and WB has already taken them.
What steps are these?
Defending them? No. All I care about is good games. They can make all of the dlc they want. Mordor is packed with content. Don't be so blinded by the negative side that you can't see what's good. I even said when it came to Origins they did not give them enough time. Idk what else you want. I'm not going to pretend to feel differently.
No one asked you to pretend to feel differently. Everyone has the right to feel as they wish, but facts remain facts.
And I didn't SAY you told me to pretend otherwise. At first you replied with "imho", but now they are facts? Whatever man. All I care about is playing games. You can keep fighting the good fight, if you wish.
The first part of my comment was purely facts. Learn to read.
Seriously. . . Funny thing is, aside from this, WB as a publisher has really been rising in my book, just think about what they have put out. Mortal Kombat, Batman: Arkham, Injustice, Scribblenauts, and now Shadow of Mordor. . . Some really great games.
and upcoming games like Witcher 3 , Dying Light and Mad max
I'm playing it for two hours now. Interesting game but the controls put me out of the immersion...
They get easier just a lot if tools at your disposal.
I'm cool with it if WB is going after people posting full walkthroughs
But it's great exposure for the game. People are loving it. Is WB not aware of this?!?
Thats the craziest part lol
not crazy at all. if this is wb deliebrately stopping this then its because they want full control of what kind of videos are put on youtube aswell as no negativity towards the product. i dont know, maybe its just content id flagging these up.
The info in the description says "monetized" videos...
Just the legal team trying to justify their massive wages, regardless of if it's positive or negative stuff that they are removing. Shutting down YouTube stuff is an easy way to hit their targets I guess.
Exactly! Let's plays usually encourage me to pick up a game.
Lets punish those that give you free advertisement....not a smart move.
I'm surprised so many publishers tolerate monetized game vids, or any game vid for that matter, when they won't for other content, like music and movies. Especially when it's revealed how much some of these people make from them. I wouldn't be shocked if more publishers crack down in the coming years.
Most publishers accept it with open arms because they end up making money from these youtube videos. You mean to tell me people don't buy games after watching their favorite youtuber give a game a great review or a funny walkthrough or make an awesome montage?? Of course people do it, I do it all of the time. I just bought Road Redemption after watching Nerdist play through it. I then made my own videos for the game yesterday and one of my subs said he would buy it too. Look at Next Car Game made by Bugbear. That company was about to go bankrupt and they released a build of the game ahead of schedule to drive up sales and it paid off. People saw a fresh take on racing games, enjoyed playing the game even though it was limited and saw the potential this game has but I guess WB doesnt see it that way. No worries ill just cut out the cutscenes from the video and if they still hit me for copyrights then I wont upload any videos and people will miss out on a great game. Videos of games is not the same thing as uploading a movie or music. Everyone's experience is different and thats why so many people watch these videos. Its also expensive to make these videos especially if you want to make complex and professional looking videos. I make a nice little paycheck every month which goes towards more games which means more videos and more sales for these companies.
You can't compare indie games with AAA budget titles and their extensive marketing campaigns. Also, the publisher won't care if you stop uploading videos, you on the other hand...
I know the "free promotion" argument. But I could make the same argument for music. But if I tried to monetize a song without paying royalties, I'd be slapped with a takedown notice or sued. I just think, knowing the way IP lawyers operate, gamers are getting a nice free pass at the moment. It will be nice while it lasts!
correct me if i am wrong, i personally feel that its the content ID that is glagging these things. content id is a good thing in ways, some companies dont want their cutscenes to go online. lets wait until totalbiscuit or jim sterling gives us a clear update on what has happened. those two are the only ones i know that didnt take the brand deal. if its not that then its a disgusting move from wb, not allowing youtbe videos to critique/review/report on game unless they make a deal that is full of restrictions. feels like being in china,
I think it is more to do with earning money with the videos and ad revenue.
if its that, then they are being an ass trying to push for their so called brand deal. however, we never know the terms behind that brand deal and will never know, maybe they just had guidelines on what can be shown and what cant and that you could criticize game if you wanted, but i highly doubt that.
Most likely, gaming is a business after all.
I'm hoping that the DMCA claims are due to the Content ID system YouTube has in place. Apparently, WB Games tagged SoM's cutscenes with them, so they may be doing it automatically, rather than manually.
sounds like that, which wb has every right to do imo. i think story driven games has a right to protect that.
Sounds like the content ID system being stupid to me.
those videos are the reason i bought the game
Not a good thing WB. Keep it cool.
well you have people like theRadBrad literally going start to finish showing the whole game even the cutscenes. he seems to be able to do that with all the new AAA games. he must have some deal going. hes now doing it with this game and his videos havent been taken down.
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